What does sedition mean?

Definitions for seditionsɪˈdɪʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sedition(noun)

    an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government


  1. sedition(Noun)

    The organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state.

  2. sedition(Noun)

    insurrection or rebellion

  3. Origin: From seditio, from sed- + itio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sedition(noun)

    the raising of commotion in a state, not amounting to insurrection; conduct tending to treason, but without an overt act; excitement of discontent against the government, or of resistance to lawful authority

  2. Sedition(noun)

    dissension; division; schism


  1. Sedition

    In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition. Typically, sedition is considered a subversive act, and the overt acts that may be prosecutable under sedition laws vary from one legal code to another. Where the history of these legal codes has been traced, there is also a record of the change in the definition of the elements constituting sedition at certain points in history. This overview has served to develop a sociological definition of sedition as well, within the study of state persecution. The difference between sedition and treason consists primarily in the subjective ultimate object of the violation to the public peace. Sedition does not consist of levying war against a government nor of adhering to its enemies, giving enemies aid, and giving enemies comfort. Nor does it consist, in most representative democracies, of peaceful protest against a government, nor of attempting to change the government by democratic means.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sedition

    sē-dish′un, n. insurrection: any offence against the State next to treason.—n. Sēdi′tionary, an inciter to sedition.—adj. Sedi′tious, pertaining to, or exciting, sedition: turbulent.—adv. Sēdi′tiously.—n. Sedi′tiousness. [Fr.,—L. seditiose-, away, īre, ītum, to go.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sedition

    Willfully advocating or teaching the duty or necessity of overthrowing the US government or any political subdivision by force or violence. See also counterintelligence.

Anagrams for sedition »

  1. desition

  2. editions


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedition in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prime Minister Najib Razak:

    If they are found to have violated the country's law, action will be taken under the Sedition Act or other existing laws.

  2. Latheefa Koya:

    This is a record, being charged nine times and using the sedition law. It is excessive and targeted at silencing vocal critics.

  3. Abdul Hakeem Belhadj:

    Haftar is the main reason for sparking the fire of sedition, especially when he claimed that he is fighting terrorism. If there was no Haftar, we would not have seen these acts.

  4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    When people stir up sedition on social networks using their real name, it's not only the state that has to act, but also Facebook as a company should do something against these paroles.

  5. Syahredzan Johan:

    Parliamentary immunity does not extend to alleged offences under the Sedition Act, but there's the more important argument that you need to detain her overnight, when all you wanted to do was record her statement.

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